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, president obama nomination of two controversial figures to his second term national security team. tonight on special report. president says former republican senator chuck hagel is the person that our troops deserve. he opposed the iraq troop surge. president wants advisor john brennan to lead the c.i.a. he spent a quarter century there and we'll tell you why he may face tough questions and get analysis from brit hume. fiscal cliff has been averdict but another one looming around the corner. we'll have the latest on the fight over the debt ceiling and wait until you hear what the president told the house speaker. we'll show you the road ahead for gun legislation in 2013. special report from washington starts at 6:00 eastern. now send it back to new york and my colleagues with the five. ♪ ♪ i sit and watch as tears go by ♪ ♪ ♪ >> singer marian faithful has turned 66. she is now alone and performing for little money. here she is before jagger. when the media talks about rock and roll they hailed jagger but those sucked in the lifestyle that can't endure the hard living. the cool l
national security team? this is special report. >> bret: good evening, i'm bret baier. president obama is filling out his national security roster with a pair of controversial nominees whose confirmation is anything but secure. brit hume looks at the record of former republican senator chuck hagel the president's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will
. >> if barack obama had the equivalent of a dick cheney, someone who is involved in all of the national security decisions, is the last person to speak to obama before he makes these decisions, if we trust him, if we believe he actually asks obama decisions, the one to a centralized almost all of these decisions in terms of, it would be john brennan. and obama's first term, brennan has been the one who has been at obama's side for all of these national security decisions. >> i want to turn to his remarks last may when john brennan publicly confirmed the united states has used drones to conduct targeted killings overseas. >> president obama believes if done carefully, deliberately, and responsibly, we can be more transparent and still ensure our nation's security. let me say it as simply as i can. yes, in full accordance with the law and order to prevent terrorist attacks on the united states and to save american lives, the united states government conducts targeted strikes against specific al qaeda terrorists, sometimes using remotely piloted aircraft often referred to publicly as drones. i am h
healthcare. >>> in may 2009 president obama promised transparency when it came to national security, but this past october the president was still building the framework to manage his administration's drone program. >> one of the things that we've got to do is put a legal architecture in place, and we need congressional help to do that to make sure that not only am i reigned in, but in any president is reigned in in terms of some of the decisions we're making. >> we will talk drones and america's shadow war with p.j. crowley up next. so, we all set? i've got two tickets to paradise! pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember? whoooa whooaa whooo! you know ronny, folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? happier than eddie money running a travel agency. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >> brennan takes the hem at the cia, then will he also take charge of the controversial dwroen program, one o
on the advisory board means he's had some input into the obama administration's decision making on national security issues. >> we mentioned across the aisle there are democratic lawmaker who also have problems with hagel partly because of the israel issues, but what's the back story there? >> in 1998 the blunt-spoken mr. hagel made comments about a man president clinton had serve, the first openly gay ambassador and hagel described him as openly aggressively gay. he issued an apology and he told that he never received the apology, just the media did. and gay and lesbian advocacy groups are weighing in and count on the spectacle that official washington loves, the knockdown, dragout confirmation battle. it will be interesting, james rosen, thank you. >> thank you. >> your health insurance rates could be going up by double digits. providing to increase premiums despite the obama administration's new health care law and succeeding. as you know may know the the affordable health care act was meant to stop the rising costs of health care and the people who do not have employer provided insuranc
. captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> ifill: president obama filled out his second term national security team today, tapping former republican senator chuck hagel for the top job at the defense department and counterterrorism adviser john brennan to run the c.i.a. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, we have more on the nominations and the vigorous debate about the president's picks. >> ifill: then margaret warner has the latest on an $8.5 billion settlement against ten major banks over foreclosure abuses. >> woodruff: ray suarez breaks down a new report detailing health care spending since the passing of the affordable care act. >> ifill: and we continue our series of conversations with newly elected members of congress. tonight: texas republican senator ted cruz, a vocal opponent of the eleventh-hour fiscal cliff deal.
're looking at here in terms of national security is more of the same. if you like president obama's foreign policy over the last four years i think you will be comfortable with these individuals because i think that they are kindred spirnts to the president in terms of his views on foreign policy and national security. once again, it is not my call. it is the senate's call. there are important questions for both nominees. whether you're talking about john brennan and his counterterrorism strategy. is he ready for, you know, the entire world? remember, he is a regionalist. he is a middle east expert, a counselter terrorism expert. but what about china and the president's specific pivot? about north korea. there are questions there. jenna: what do you think about that, peter? you worked in the cia have you worked with him before? do you have real concerns? >> no i don't know john brennan, jenna, so i can't say that. obviously an individual that worked in the white house. this is somebody who is capable. the question is, are you supportive of their approach to these issues? that is the importa
national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> president obama and his nominees chuck hagel and now replacing possibly leon panetta and nominate john brennan he was been taking the place of acting director michael morell. before him was david petraeus resigned after an affair was brought to life. you can see the numbers on your screen as we leave the east room of the white house. the numbers to call -- we are going to get to your calls now. what do you think about the president's nominees? caller: i think they are outstanding. chuck hagel is an outstanding nomination. i believe that chuck hagel is the gop's alternative to henry wallace. let me havethank you for lettine my comment. host: the next person will be on the independent line. are you there? we are going to try him once more. are you there? in newo on to donald jersey. democrat line. what do you think about the nominee's? caller: i think john brennan and chuck hagel are more than qualified for the situations they're being put in. i think both of these men are held in high regard as far as their expertise. i think the president made to
. as firefighters try to gain the upper hand. and president obama gears up for another fight with congress. this time over the nation's debt ceiling. >> fifthsyrian president bashar al-assad addressed his war-torn nation in a rare speech. he stood firm against global calls for him to step down. and proposed a peace process that would leave him in power. the obama administration quickly rejected it. more than 60-thousand people have reportedly been killed during a bloody civil war two years. searching for dozens of people who may be missing in wildfires in southeast tasmania. those wildfires have already destroyed more than a hundred homes. also been evacuated from the tasmania peninsula because the fires have blocked roads in and out of the rural communities. firefighters are having a tough time getting the flames under control because of the rough terrain. but they say they should gain the upper ground this week. >> president obama and the first family are back in washington tonight. after wrapping up their holiday vacation in hawaii. air force one touched down at joint base andrews in ma
the housing recovery just ahead. ashley: good change there. president obama rounding out the national security team with controversial picks. former g.o.p. presidential candidate and minnesota governor tim palenty weighs in and how that could impact washington's battle on government debt and spending. he's along as well. it is a fox business exclusive. lori: up to speed where the markets are trading as we do every 15 minutes. nicole's on the floor of the new york stock exchange. stocks coming down from the lally. >> that's right. hit a five year high last week for the s&p 500, and stocks had 52-week highs, and today, trying to squeeze out gains, but the sentiment and market has been under pressure to the downside. a look at the dow jones industrial down half of 1%. names on the move, looking at names, by the way, alcoa kicking off earning seasons. we'll watch for that. pandora and apple, good news this week. apple with the downloads, and pandora with more lisseners. they are seeing that there has been growth, and, yet, pandora's gone back and forth, up one-third of 1%, and apple is now down ne
fight over the nominations for president obama's new national security team. on the left, former senator chuck hagel if, the president's expected pick for defense secretary. he is facing critics that say he is anti-israel and too soft on iran on. on the right, john brennan, the counterterroism advisor, expected to head the cia he also comes along with some controversy. good morning everybody. huge welcome back to my partner in crime. martha: did you miss me? bill: tirelessly so. martha: good morning. happy new year. bill: back to reality. martha: back to reality. had a wonderful time. very good to be back. happy new year to you. to everybody at home. good morning. this is obviously a very big story this morning. senator hagel as you know is a republican. some of his tough comments alienate ad lot of colleagues. you heard a lot of that over the course of the weekend. the nomination being called antagonistic by snored lindsey graham. here he is. >> this is and in your face nomination by the president all of us who are supported of israel. chuck hagel sut of the mainstream of thinking i thi
us. have a great weekend. lou: good evening, everyone. the imperious obama presidency flat out refusing to negotiate with republicans on the national debt ceiling. the republicans led by speaker boehner are determined to take up debt and spending once again. this time he says the american people are on his si. the speaker today in the republican caucus meeting behind closed doors. bigger banner making it clear that the president's refusal to negotiate will not deter him or his party and the speaker said that the esident said that he isn't going to have a debate with us over the debt ceiling. he also says that he's not going to cut spending along with a debt limit hike. fiscal cliff behind us on the focus turns to spending. speaker boehner cited a new poll, showing 72% of americans agree with him. but any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by an equal amount in spending cuts. senator john cornyn saying that if the president inten the president intends to carry through with his no negotiation threat, but a government shutdown may be the only way to find resolution. th
, reacting to this national tragedy that i think president obama has adequately described as broken all of our hearts, and in every funeral that has taken place, for those 20 innocent children and six innocent adults in the school districts, and school administrators, we obviously have shared in that very tragic event, all of us. it has touched everybody across this country. san francisco is no different. and i have shared that emotional experience with the supervisor and everybody here, in our law enforcement, and in our health department as well. the question for us, then, is what do we do about it? and not only can we share in this tragedy and signal our sympathies to the families as we've done, but we've got to do something more. and this is where i want to make sure i recognize all of the people that are in that effort of doing something about it, including the officials in san francisco. and some have been at this longer than others to try to do something about it, have reached limitations. yet again, i think this tragedy at sandy hook reminds us that we've got to keep trying and
:00 eastern on c- span2. we take a look at president obama's announcement to his new national security team. he and the nominees spoke from the east room of the white house earlier today. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states accompanied by leon panetta, chuck hagel, and john brennan. >> good afternoon. please have a seat. >> as president and commander in chief, my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. we have met that responsibility. by ending the war in iraq, a transition to afghanistan, and decimating the al qaeda core, and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plots, saving countless american lives. among an outstanding team, i am especially grateful to leon panetta who has led the cia and our military. after nearly five decades of service, you have more than earned the right to return to civilian life. i have much more to say about his distinguished service in the days ahead. today i want to convey the eternal gratitude. the entire nation. thank you so much. i also want to thank michael who has earned the admiration of all of
around the world in 80 seconds. a busy day at the nation's capital, telling that president obama will nominate chuck hagel to head the defense department. and joining me, jamie, let's start there. a lot of pushback from many different quarters. what's he up against? >> since his name was floated in early december, you've had a lot of critics coming out criticizing his potential and now looks like imminent appointment or nomination to be defense secretary. originally the criticism focused on his stances for israel and his position on iran and since expanded to comments an ambassador in 1990's, an ambassador to luxembourg because he was openly aggressively gay. and handling a bureaucracy as big as the defense department, many people say he doesn't. now you have some republican senators opposing their former colleague, some saying he they won't vote for him. john cor zion and others are uneasy with comments opposing james hormel the ambassador to luxembourg for being openly aggressively gay and also his stance on israel. it looks like a rookery reception on both sides of the aisle w
and women in uniform and their families. these are people who give so much to this nation every day with such dignity and sellessness. >> already, hagel is getting support from both sides of the aisle. former secretary of state colin powell says i wholeheartedly endorse president obama's nomination for former senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. senator hagel is well qualified with his broad experience in national security affairs. he's the president's choice. he's clearly a qualified candidate. but, yet, again, republicans are attacking one of the president's pick. and this time, they're turning their backs on one of their own. senator lindsey graham says he's out of the mainstream. john mccain says he has serious concerns about hagel's views on national kurt. and senate minority leader promises hagel a lot of tough questions. many of these same -- now, the propgsing a big fight to oppose his nomination. but, in the end, will the president get his man? joining me now is retired general wesley, former nato commander now chairman and ceo of wesley clark and assoc
copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> president obama is expected to make a few personnel announcements for is national security team. former republican senator from nebraska, chuck kaye goal -- chuck hagel, select it to replace outgoing leon panetta. and it john brennan is expected to renominated as the head of teh cia. he withdrew a his name for consideration years ago over his support of certain interrogation techniques. we will have that announcement why about 1:00 and we will likely hear more during today's white house briefing with a spokesperson jakarta. -- jay carney. >> i think cybersecurity remains a top priority. massar congress failed to reach a decision in 2012. they remain very far apart in these social security standpoint. >> there will be an incentive option to create more of a spectrum so that the sec house this rolled up. some of the hot-button issues are the unlicensed spectrum that hours wifi and other things the tech sector is coming up with. >> net neutrality could be a big issue. it is unclear how the court will rule, but there are issues in the past
of the day. president obama filled out his second term national security team. he nominated former republican senator chuck hagel to be secretary of defense, and tapped counterterrorism adviser john brennan to run the c.i.a. ten major banks agreed to settle federal complaints that they foreclosed on people who should have been allowed to stay in their homes. the banks will pay more than $8 billion. and james holmes appeared in court in colorado, on charges he killed a dozen people at a movie theater last july. the preliminary hearing is expected to last a week. online, we continue our series on everything you've ever wanted to know about social security. hari sreenivasan has more. >> sreenivasan: how do you maximize your spousal benefits? our social security guru larry kotlikoff has that answer and more on our business page. also there, you can read larry's commentary and economics correspondent paul solman's counterpoint on the fiscal cliff deal. all that and more is on our web site, newshour.pbs.org. gwen? >> ifill: and that's the newshour for tonight. on tuesday, we'll look at the explosio
be the most antagonistic secretary of state against the state of israel in our nation's history. >> hagel's service earned him two purple hearts. >>> president obama today signed into law legislation that set aside $9.7 billion to pay federal flood insurance claims to victims of super storm sandy. fema warned that without the additional funds it would run out of money to pay claims next week. lawmakers have yet to act on a proposed bill to set aside $51 billion worth of aid to address the effects of super storm sandy. john boehner has vowed to vote on that bill january 26. >>> there was a packed house for people that came together to raise money for super storm sandy victims. the money will go to two couples. organizers said they raised more than $2,000 and they're still counting. >>> it looks like secretary of state hillary clinton will return to work tomorrow for the first time since she fell ill in december. clinton is expected to attend a meeting first thing in the morning. on tuesday, she's scheduled to meet with outgoing defense attorney panetta. >>> california lawmakers will get ba
. those ten soft democrats i know about would have been hard. >> it was interesting national democratic jewish collation came out this morning a with statement we're happy with some of the things hagel said about israel. >> the most pro-obama of the jewish groups. >> this is the real heart of the confirmation fight. he apologize for about the gay appointee. i think it's going to be an argument about israel. this is really where the heart of the matter is. >> jen, answer this criticism. i heard this from the left. why is it obama now had three shots at the pentagon and twice he turned to a republican. this is just playing into the stereotype that democrats can't handle the military? >> i think that's an entirely separate issue he chose chuck hagel because he likes him personally, which is important to the president. and because he has the right combination of toughness and experience. you know, he's a guy, they have to make tough cuts at the pentagon. he is the guy i think the president who thinks can do that. >> three of the last four defense secretaries appointed by democrats have been
. responsibility. what's your policy? >>> president obama about to make two national security nominations. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is cnn special newsroom coverage of the president's announcement. he will nominate the former senator from nebraska, chuck hagel, as secretary of defense. and john brennan to be the next director of the central intelligence agency. john kerry of massachusetts has already been picked as his nominee to become the next secretary of state. joining us now to discuss what's going on with all these nomination nominations, our white house correspondent brianna keilar, at the east room of the white house, and jim acosta at capitol hill and chief national correspondent john king and chief political analyst gloria borger. let's going to to the white house first. brianna, set the scene for us, and walk us through what we're about to see. >> reporter: we're here in the east room, wolf. we're expecting president obama will come out and say, obviously, a few words about former senator chuck hagel. we're also expecting in attendance the a
. democrats point out obama has already agreed to specific spending cuts and delay the deal gets the nation to about half of revenue it needs to resolve the red ink. dick durbin said there are plenty of things where people can park their money offshore and not pay taxes. these are things that need to be closed. we can do that and use the money to reduce the deficit. >> social security is not the problem. >> stephanie: right. >> it is something we paid into. if they lift the cap, it is solvent for -- >> stephanie: thank you. >> for the foreseeable future. >> stephanie: mitch mclipless. >> i wish the president would lead us into this discussion rather than putting himself in the position of having to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table to discuss the second biggest issue confronting our future. >> stephanie: rude was right. that was some unfortunate imagery from a white guy from kentucky. >> perhaps we should put him on some kind of boat. >> stephanie: okay. mcconnell was asked repeatedly whether republicans were prepared to see the nation default on spending obligations. that would
-year veteran of the c.i.a. and among president obama's closest advisors. >> confirmed, i will make it my mission to ensure that the c.i.a. has the tools it needs to keep our nation safe and that it work reflects the liberties freedoms and values we hold dear. >> both express their deep gratitude in being nominated for the positions. neither confirmation is guarantee. the white house says it is confident both will assume the positions for president obama's second term. both posts require senate confirmation. live in the newsroom for abc7 fuzz. >> thank you. developing news, the supreme court scheduled back-to-back sessions dealing with same-sex marriage starting march 26 at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. the high court scheduled arguments in the challenge to california's proposition 8 that forbids same sex margin. the next day they will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal defense of marriage act. that denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples. >> and mike nicco has the forecast and the fog that is slow to bun. >> it is still out this especially over the bay
for its third national title in the past four years. notre dame is trying to win its first since 1988. >>> let's turn to washington now. word from administration officials that president obama plans to nominate his defense secretary. it's getting lukewarm reception from his fellow republicans. they don't like statements on israel and iraq and afghanistan. here's ted cruz of texas. >> if hague sell nominated, it is very difficult to imagine the circumstance in which i could support his confirmation. >> it's not just cruise, lindsey graham says hagel's views on the middle east, especially toward israel cause him a lot of concern. >> chuck hagel would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history, not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into israel. he was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the european union trying to designate hezbollah as a terrorist organization. this is an in yo
for the 113th congress. then a discussion of u.s. foreign policy in president obama's second term. >> tomorrow, a discussion at that defense spending in u.s. national security with a keynote speech by the pentagon comptroller. the brookings institution host the event on c-span 2. >> what i like about c-span's coverage is they are very thorough. a steady program i want to watch is available. what i enjoy mostly is coverage that you have on the floor, the debates on the floor, as well as the hearings that you cover, the subcommittees and major committee hearings. >> she watches c-span on comcast. c-span -- created by america's cable companies in 1979. brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> now, a look at the history and future of "the new york times." daniel schwartz discusses his latest book, covering the decade from 199 to 2009. this is just over an hour. >> welcome, everyone. thank you so much for being here. it is my honor to serve as a deputy director of the museum of the city of new york. and my greater honor to welcome you here this evening and to thank our spe
minority leader nancy pelosi says president obama should just bypass congress all together and raise the country's debt ceiling without debate. she told face the nation viewers the president has the 14th amendment on his side which states the nation's debt shall always be paid. she says that she and the democratic party will continue to focus on growing and supporting the middle class. >> the class is the strength of our country. and those we have to strength strengthen it and help those who aspire to be it in, be in it. but it's about a sense of community. and this is the epiphany i want them to have, not just we're only here for the wealthiest people and if it trickles down, that's a good thing. if it doesn't, so be it. that's the free market. that's not how we see it. >> pelosi met with hundreds of constituents and colleagues today for the annual new year's celebration in san francisco. meteorologist rob mayeda here. it's probably a good thing that nancy pelosi held that meeting indoors today. >> if you look at today's highs, it roi cool day around the bay area. interesting, the c
they were suppose to do. despite the mass of fire ball, damage was under $5,000. >>> president obama's second inauguration is two weeks away as the ceremony will be more low key than the first one. four years ago nearly 2 million people crowded on to the national mall to watch the nation's first african american president take the oath of office. and this time officials expect the crowd to be a third of that. a part of the reason is that the president's second inaugural is not the historic event that the second one was. >>> president obama is facingresistance for the potential cabinet nominee. he's expected to nominate chuck hagel as secretary of defense. they explain why some of the fellow republicans oppose him. >> chuck hagel has two terms under his belt as the republican from nebraska. he is also a decorated vietnam war with two purple hearts. those qualifications are among the reasons that president obama is considering them to be the next secretary. and today the republican called hagel an in your face pit and one that he strongly opposes. >> and chuck hagel would be the most a
in washington. wolf. >> brooke, thanks very much. >>> happening now, president obama nominates chuck hagel to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> p
obama getting set to unveil the rest of his new national security team. the white house saying the president will nominate former republican senator chuck hagel to be his next defense secretary and john brennan to run the cia, both considered somewhat controversial picks and will face a sufficient confirmation process. what challenges will the new national security team face. general jack keane ace former four-star general and fox news military analyst. how are you doing, general, and good morning to you. >> good morning, bill. bill: some of the controversy stems from republicans and democrats who don't like hagel's record on israel. with regard to brennan sue apparently he supported enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush years. so that will be a focus during this. when you look at the world this is an entirely dove your national security team, with john kerry, possibly, john brennan and chuck hagel that i just mentioned. what do you believe, or what do you list as the greatest challenge facing this in national security now, general. >> first of all we have a war we
of defense. i have been extremely proud to be part of your national security team, mr. president, and to be proud of what it has accomplished in your first term. looking ahead to the second term, i want to commend president obama on his decision to nominate chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense and let me also add as former director of the cia to commend the president for his choice of john brennan. i've had the opportunity to work with john and counterterrorism issues, these last for you years. he knows the cia. he will be a strong leader of that great intelligence agency. i've also known chuck for a long period of time as well. i had the opportunity to work with him closely. particularly in his twaft as chairman of the president's intelligence advisory board. i greatly appreciate the work he has done to strengthen our intelligence enterprise. it has been extremely important to our ability to improve our intelligence capabilities. as secretary of defense i also benefited from his work when he served on our defense policy board. chuck hagel is a patriot, he is a decorated
at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. >>> today president obama expected to nominate former nebraska senator chuck hagel, a republican, as his next pentagon topper. he would be the first enlisted soldier to hold that cabinet post. he's got the support of national security figures, but his senate confirmation is now shaping up to be a testy battle. republican senators suggested they'll challenge their former colleague on his tough record. he has opposed sanctions against iraq. >>> on the sunday morning hagel's critics, including li lindsey graham will louder than his backers. >> i expect that the president to nominate people different than i would think, i'm going to vote for senator kerry, i think he's very much in the main stream of thought. chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonist secretary of defense. he has long severed ties with his party. this is an in your face nomination by the president. >> senator hagel has some criticism on the left. whether he questioned an openly gay nominee by president clinton was fit enough to represent
activists says it wants to take the work of the powerful lobby group, the national rifle association, a step further as the debate about the second amendment heats up. >> the second amendment association has urged gun owners to turn out in force a day before obama is scheduled to be sworn in for his second term. this comes in response to the president promised to tighten gun laws. >> gun shows like this one in orlando, florida, have been doing brisk business. gun shows have reported a surge in demand since the new town rampage. many are worried that tougher laws could make it more difficult for them to buy certain kinds of weapons. >> they are afraid they are going to lose their gun rights, their second amendment rights, so they want to get a gun. hopefully, they will be grandfathered in. if mr. obama makes any changes, they will be covered. >> the murder of 20 schoolchildren and six educators by a gunman in newtown, connecticut, triggered widespread calls for tighter gun controls. president obama and many lawmakers have promised to take action. one proposal has to been -- has been to renew
noon. >> in other national moods president obama has signed a super storms and the aid package into law. >> the bill includes more than $9 billion to help the government play flood insurance claims. >> it was the first legislative action of the new congress after the previous session shelf of all as we are much larger assistance plan for storm victims. >> lawmakers away on more than $50 billion in additional sandy a later this month. the larger portion will likely face a much tougher review. >> the son of you as cen us senr rand paul and grandson of former presidential candidate ron paul is in trouble with the law. >> 19 year-old william offices disorderly conduct and underage drinking charges. he was arrested after a fight from kentucky to north carolina, and taken into custody at the airport --a flight. >> in some new york students to take the bus to school may not have ride this wednesday. >> union leaders and york city bus drivers may go on strike this week leaving more than 150,000 public school students stranded. >> drivers are negotiating a new contract. >> school officials have
a sober outpouring of praise from his family, colleagues, fellow americans and the leaders of this nation, we remember also that chris stevens was beloved by many libyans as well. therefore on behalf of the residents of northern california and our entire state, we join president barack obama, secretary of state hillary rodham clinton, democratic leader nancy pelosi and expensive network of people in saluting ambassador chris stevens who will be remembered for his strong sense of dignity, his humility and his generous service to others. he will be truly missed by all who loved him and by all he served throughout the magnitude of his life's work. thank you for this honor. [applause] >>> members of christopher stevens family, ladies and gentlemen, let me first thank chris stevens' brothers and sisters for their warm and delightful insights into what he was really like. thank you so much. that was fantastic what you did for us. christopher stevens was obviously an extraordinary human being and contributor. every year at stanford we have a group of what we call national security fellows come.
toward the state of israel in our nation's history. >> we'll have more in a few moments. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during superstorm sandy. president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy disaster relief package. it was the first legislative action of the new congress. a larger sandy aid package will have to wait. lawmakers will consider $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare public speech. assad said he's standing firm against global calls for him to step down. he laid out his own plan for dealing with syria's civil war. a u.s. state department spokeswoman says assad's plan is detached from reality and assad should resign immediately. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone stri
obama himself has basically called for the nation to move on from that. he decided when he -- >> saying it is old news. >> it is old news. we're not going to hold people accountable for that. we sort of left that conversation in the dust and have gone on to this new conversation which is the conversation about drones. basically the people that we sort of -- that would have once been interrogated really are now under the obama administration and now under john brennan, you know, being eliminated. >> tom junod, i'm sure you'll be watching the confirmation hearings closely as will we. we appreciate it very much. >>> now to this. two big college football teams, both with pretty impressive football pasts, playing for all the glory tonight. you have alabama. you have notre dame. the bcs national championship game tonight, kickoff 8:30 eastern time. one team's past has been better lately, though. the crimson tide is achieving dynasty status in football. alabama looking for its second straight national championship and third in the last four years. those are some pretty impressive statistics. y
, matt, savannah and al. good morning, everyone. president obama announcing a pair of high profile national security nominations will be announced today. nbc news has learned he's chosen chuck hagel as secretary of defense. he could face a tough confirmation fight over his stance on israel. the president is announcing john brennan as cia director. >>> federal health officials say the flu is now widespread in at least 41 states, the fastest start to the flu season in a decade. and the major strain circulating this year is making people especially sick. doctors say it is not too late, though, to get a flu vaccine. >>> the state department says a so-called peace plan put forward by syrian president bashar al assad is, quote, detached from reality. in his speech sunday he rejected in recall calls to step down and urged his supporters to defeat rebels who have been fighting for nearly two years to topple his regime. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is returning to her office today for the first time in a month. she was hospitalized last week for treatment of a blood clot in her he
a quick and blunt reaction from the obama administration. a defiant assad rejected international calls to step down and tried to justify his crackdown on anti-government rebels. he outlined plans for a national reconciliation conference and new constitution as well. but the u.s. state department says the syrian leader is "detached from reality." >> spokesperson for the state department released a statement saying, quote, assad has lost legitimacy and must step aside to enable a political solution and democratic transition that meets aspirations of the syrian people. you would think at this point. 60,000 syrians have been killed since this broke out two years ago. how do you negotiate peace with that much blood on the streets? >> exactly. what is fascinating is what he is floating as something that he floated years ago, and -- just, didn't have any teeth. just wasn't credible. i think also, at this point. even the turkish head of state, former ally, is speaking out against assad. he just has no allies at this point. i think the description of assad being sort of detached from reality --
. that is an unsustainable level. it is choking the private sector of this country. >> president obama has vowed not to negotiate over the debt ceiling again. we hear from minority leader nancy pelosi. the congresswoman from california. she was on "face the nation." >> speaker boehner says we need to match every dollar that goes to raising the debt ceiling. we need to match every dollar that goes into raising the debt ceiling with at least one dollar spending cuts. would you support cuts that high? >> these two things should not be related. we should subject every dollar we spend to the harshest scrutiny. if the taxpayer getting his or her dollars worth for that spending? that is a judgment we have to make. as we make cuts to reduce spending. having nothing to do with whether the full faith and credit of the us should be jeopardized. resulted in the downgrade of our rating. it is a fundamental discussion. should we cut spending to raise the debt ceiling? it sounds logical. the debt ceiling is about spending that has already occurred. stop buying stuff so you do not have teacher bills. we have to
secretary of state in the nation's history is fen initialed with overseas travel in that capacity. >> shepard: james rosen, thank you. the afghan president hamid karzai is set to is sit down with president obama in washington this week. according to the analysts the biggest topic of discussion will likely be the u.s. force that remains inside afghanistan after the military starts its drawdown next year. the afghan president has insistd that all remaining american soldiers should follow afghan law while president obama has called that a deal breaker and for are any potential security agreement. robert young peloton is with us. he has just come back from afghanistan. he is an author and filmmaker. he was spending weeks with u.s. special forces hunting taliban militants. good afternoon. >> hi, how are you doing? >> shepard: he blames us for everything. why in the world would the president talk to him? >> you have to watch his game. he is looking forward to releasing all of the 3,000 or so prisoners while u.s. forces are busy putting them in jail. he knows he will not get the north so
congress comes a new push for national gun laws. >> on day one, lawmakers and the house introduced the nearly dozen bills related to gun violence. they come in the wake of the connecticut school shooting in promise from president obama to take concrete action to prevent a repeat tragedy. >> but big political obstacles remain. athena jones at the details from washington. >> members of congress in both chambers are taking aim at guns. >> this is a fight that the american people will have to stand up for. >> california democratic senator dianne feinstein plans to introduce a bill to ban more than 100 assault weapons. >> another senate bill will then high-capacity magazines. among a dozen gun bills introduced on day one in the house background checks for all firearm sales should be recorded. >> to build some republican congressmen would allow more guns around schools. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with the gun is a good guy with a gun. >> there are better than 32 gun murders every day. gun- control groups keep pressing for action. >> if you are talking about maybe banning hig
, and now a secretary of defense, i have been extremely proud to be part of your national security team, mr. president, and to be proud of what it has accomplished in your first term. looking ahead to the second term, i want to commend president obama on his decision to nominate chuck hagel as next secretary of defense and let me also add as former director of the cia, to commend the president for his choice of john brennan. i've had the opportunity to work with john in counterterrorism issues these last four years. he knows the cia. he will be a strong leader. of that great intelligence agency. i've also known chuck for a long period of time as well. and i had the opportunity to work with him closely. particularly in his capacity, as chairman of the president's intelligence advisory board, i grately appreciate the work he has done to strengthen our intelligence enterprise. it has been extremely important to our ability to improve our intelligence kale builts. ? second of defense i also benefitted from his work when he served on our defense policy board. chuck hagel is a patriot, decorated
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